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I am following the instructions in the official docs to install QGIS Server (3.8) on my Ubuntu server (18.04).

Throughout the docs, a /home/qgis/ folder is mentioned.

12.1.3. Follow Along: HTTP Server Configuration

(qgis.demo.conf)

# default QGIS project SetEnv QGIS_PROJECT_FILE

/home/qgis/projects/world.qgs

# QGIS_AUTH_DB_DIR_PATH must lead to a directory writeable by the Server's FCGI process user FcgidInitialEnv QGIS_AUTH_DB_DIR_PATH "/home/qgis/qgisserverdb/" FcgidInitialEnv QGIS_AUTH_PASSWORD_FILE "/home/qgis/qgisserverdb/qgis-auth.db"

# See https://docs.qgis.org/testing/en/docs/user_manual/working_with_vector/supported_data.html#pg-service-file SetEnv PGSERVICEFILE /home/qgis/.pg_service.conf FcgidInitialEnv PGPASSFILE "/home/qgis/.pgpass"

# default QGIS project SetEnv QGIS_PROJECT_FILE /home/qgis/projects/world.qgs

and then again (same paragraph)

mkdir /home/qgis/qgisserverdb chown www-data:www-data /home/qgis/qgisserverdb

However, I don't have a qgis user in my system nor the installation has created one for me.

So the question is:

Do I need to create a qgis user or should I change all the references to /home/qgis to /home/myuser?

I cannot seem to find anything useful about this not even in the Advanced configuration page.

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In short, I would say no, like you said you should simply change the paths to match yours.

My .conf file is quite poor compared to the one provided by the tutorial. What the tutorial .conf file does, it defines logging variables and other configurations, but the most imporant thing is handling your .cgi requests. This virtual host will now pretend to receive requests on behalf of localhost at qgis.demo.

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